Prospect Ramblings: Debut Ramblings November 16 2017

Pat Quinn

2017-11-16

 

Welcome to my first ever prospect ramblings. My actual name is the hockey famous Pat Quinn, seriously, writer of the monthly KHL updates, the Washington Capitals prospect updates, a Devils fan, and have good twitter takes.

 

Since this is my first time I do not have a structure (/ idea) of what to do, so I will give my random thoughts on a variety of players/topics/teams that have my interest currently. Anything you feel I should cover in the future, or better ways to go about these ramblings, let me know below.

 

In the words of Jackie Gleason: "And away we go!"

 

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The 9-10-1 Mississauga Steelheads and Team Canada got a large boost last night as the New Jersey Devils sent (a healthy) Michael McLeod back to the OHL, where the team is 7-2-1 in the last 10 games. He will join his brother Ryan McLeod, who will be a first round pick in 2018, and Michael should just dominate once his knee is 100% as there is always a period to adjust once coming back from a knee injury.

 

That means Team Canada’s top three centres at my favorite tournament (WJC) will likely be Michael McLeod, Sam Steel (considering the season he had last season he is off to a slow start), and Robert Thomas. That could be a pretty deadly one-two-three punch.

  • I read this set up on twitter somewhere but I lost the link, so I am sorry I cannot take credit for this idea

 

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The top three WHL scorers all play for the 13-4-1 Swift Current Broncos. From top to bottom they are Coyotes’ 2017 fifth round selection Tyler Steenbergen, Panthers’ 2017 second round pick Aleksi Heponiemi, and the oldest of the trio St. Louis’ 2015 fourth round pick Glenn Gawdin. Of the three I would give Heponiemi the one with the highest upside, but I am getting more and more intrigued by Steenbergen as the season progresses.

 

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There are a few rookie defensemen producing well in the AHL so far this season, they are the Islanders’ Sebastian Aho, Buffalo’s Brendan Guhle, and Capitals prospect Lucas Johansen.

 

I’ll never get over the fact that it took three drafts for an NHL team to take a chance on the small Swedish defenseman, he is pure skill and vision